FERNEY VOLTAIRE, FranceJune 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To June 23rdrecognized the United Nations Public Service DayPublic Services International (PSI), a global federation of public services unions in Ferney VoltaireFrancewill launch Behind the mask, an online interactive documentary experience highlighting the global struggle of health professionals on the front lines of COVID-19. The four episodes are available on

The series focuses on four health professionals, in ZimbabwePakistanBrazil and Tunisia, demonstrating the impact political decisions and corruption have had on their ability to provide services to patients in their care. It shows how governments and international institutions have failed to prioritize and invest in quality public health systems, undermining frontline workers around the world.

A health worker in Zimbabwe organizes a protest for higher wages. She is arrested. Her story explores how political corruption, global debt regulations and lack of health funding have created unsustainable working conditions for her and her colleagues, at the expense of her patients. A nurse in BrazilGraciete, gathers workers’ testimonies to build a lawsuit against the Bolsonaro government for complicity with the government and corruption that has cost civilians’ lives. The Story of Hassina, a Community Health Worker in Pakistan, examines the critical role of Community Health Workers in the global health system and the lack of recognition for their vital work. In TunisiaNawfel is a hospital administrator and union member working to plan a strike to increase healthcare employment and compensation for high-risk work.

Secretary General of PSI Rosa Pavanelli said:

“This series makes it clear that the brutal conditions frontline workers are facing through this pandemic are the result of deliberate choices by politicians: underfund our health services, understaff our hospitals, and make our public services suffer so that a few can benefit. Listen to the voices of these health professionals and choose a different path for the recovery from Covid-19; a path that puts people and public health above profit.


Public Services International ( is a Global Union Federation of more than 700 unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries. They bring their voice to the UN, ILO, WHO and other regional and global organizations. They defend trade union and workers’ rights and fight for universal access to quality public services.

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